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Saturday May 30, 2015

the Saturday after NW Folklife Festival

Hope you'll join us, at Wells Hall. Singles, couples, first-timers, and experienced dancers; All are Welcome. No partner needed; Alcohol and smoke-free; Workshop for newcomers (see below.) We have a great time, dancers, caller, and musicians too! Sponsored by the Seattle Folklore Society.

LAURA MÉ SMITH will teach and call the dances. She is well known at dances throughout the region, and has her own regular monthly series on Second Saturdays in Kirkland . Those of you with long memories may recall that she was the original founding caller of the Fifth Saturday series. She is a sweet and gracious caller known for the connection she makes with the dancers, as well as for the interesting and varied dances she chooses to present. A real treat to dance to.

FRESH CIDER wraps you in the comfort of a traditional New England sound in its full breadth and glory. From old Yankee hornpipes to late 20th century tunes from the great Bob McQuillen (finally deceased at 90, last year); from Celtic tunes to those from the Shetland Islands and England; leavened by Northwest and Missouri old time tunes. Chosen to fit the flow of each dance that Laura Mé calls, and played close to the dancers with rock-solid rhythm. Port Orchard's Laurel Stone and special guest, Olympia's Jesse Partridge, fiddles; Phil Katz(*), melodeons; backed by Dave Goodmanson on piano. Laurel and Jesse each have broad and interesting fiddle repertoires; we're looking forward to what comes out of this collaboration.

Our band plays "close to the dance and the dancers" (as do Jesse's several bands in Olympia), choosing tunes to match the dance chosen by the caller, and styling to support the dancers as each dance evolves. It is a pleasure to play for our friends out on the dance floor.

(*) Phil will be a good ways through re-learning to walk, two months after acquiring a bionic left knee. Against the possibility that process takes a toll on his musical readiness, it seemed prudent to recruit an extra colleague for Laurel, in playing melody "lead". Jesse has a longstanding reputation not only for great fiddling, but for all-around helpfulness and support; we're pleased he can join us for the evening.

Specifics on the Event:

The Fifth Saturday Contra Dance will be held at Christ Church Wells Hall, 310 North K Street, Tacoma - directions below. It is well-known as one of the sweetest halls in Puget Sound. (Note: It's the same location as the Tacoma Contra Dance that's held on Third Saturdays.)

The dance will run from 8:00 - 11:00 pm. The cost is $9.00, with a $2.00 discount for 18 down and 65 up. As always, a 10% discount will be available to Seattle Folklore Society members who request it.

There will be a newcomers' intro-lesson at 7:30 pm. Contra dancing is "not rocket science", and by the third dance, anyone looking out over the crowd will likely be unable to tell who just learned that evening! Laura Me' has a great manner, teaching; she will "bring the newcomers along" with great skill and graciousness, just as she has at the dance she founded in Kirkland. We are proud of the tradition of asking newcomers and visitors to dance, and looking after them on the dance floor. (Experienced dancers often bring friends they've been wanting to introduce to contra dancing, and help out by dancing in the mini-lesson.)

OK a few notices . . .

Please avoid wearing scented products (e.g. perfume, aftershave, cologne, scented hand lotion) to the Fifth Saturday Contra Dance. (Dancing, being aerobic, magnifies their scent, and also the effect of the solvents used therein!) Some dancers are hypersensitive or allergic to such products.

A word about children's attendance: It is fine for older children and teenagers who are comfortable interacting with adults on their own. However, it is not appropriate for small children unless they are on the sidelines supervised by adults at all times.

A caution on parking: The street right across from the hall has been posted as a "residents only" zone, so please don't park there - tickets have been given. There is plenty of parking on adjacent streets, and there are spots behind the church as well.

Directions to Wells Hall   

310 North "K" Street, Tacoma

From Seattle, "Eastside" of Lake Washington, or Des Moines

I-5 south to exit 133 (Tacoma City Center). Then take I-705 and the Schuster Parkway exit on the right (still called I-705). From there again stay right and take the Stadium Way (first) exit from Schuster Pkwy. At the top of the exit ramp, turn right. The street goes up hill. Follow it til it ends, then swing left onto North 1st. You pass Stadium Thriftway and a Chevrolet lot, and then merge into Division at a traffic light. Continue on Division, turn right onto North "K". Wells Hall is the second building on the left. Enter the dance through the church courtyard.

From Olympia

Take Interstate 5 to Tacoma, exit 132 (Route 16-Gig Harbor exit), which is quite a bit south of the center of Tacoma. Head for Route 16 (skipping the S 38th St exit); once in the curving exit ramp, keep your eyes peeled for the immediate first exit (1A); to Sprague Avenue. Once on S Sprague Ave at street level, you're heading north; pass lights at 19th and 12th (or 11th) until you come to multi-way light at 6th. Take the soft right into Division (not the sharp right into 6th). Follow Division to the light at North "K" Street and take a left. Wells Hall is the second building on the left.

From West of the Narrows Bridge

Take WA 16 east across the Narrows, and take exit 1B for Union Ave. Keep left at the fork; follow signs for University of Puget Sound. Turn left onto S Union Ave (at which point you'll be northbound.) Go about 1.5 mile and turn right into 6th Avenue. Follow 6th about a mile to a multi-way intersection; there take a soft left into Division Ave. Follow Division to North "K" Street, where you take a left. Wells Hall is the second building on the left.

For more information please contact:
Phil Katz - - 206 722 8228.
(you know what to do with the ZZZ)

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